Mexican midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos will finally leave the Camp Nou as the 24 year-old is set to join his brother, Giovani Dos Santos, at Villarreal. The transfer was announced via F.C. Barcelona's official websiteon Wednesday. The deal is for an estimated €2million and the right to buy the player back if El Submarino Amarillo ever decide to sell Jonathan Dos Santos.
Manchester City have signed Arsenal right back Bacary Sagna and defensive midfielder Fernando, according to reports from Sky Sports and The Times. Sagna is said to have signed a three-year contract and has already completed City's medical whereas Francisco's signing is said to be close to completion, both players transfers are awaiting announcement.
Abou Diaby is not likely to return to action this season for Arsenal in yet another injury setback, which has ruled out thedefensive midfielder since March 2013.
Diaby was originally supposed to be back to full fitness in December, but the French midfielder who has suffered 35 different injuries in his Arsenal career from 2006-2013, is still trying to recover from his knee injury, according to a report by Goal.
Arsenal could be set to miss out on yet another transfer target this summer with the German media reporting that Wolfsburg are close to completing the signing of Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo. The Brazil international had been tipped to move to the Emirates. But Bild reports that the defensive midfielder is instead set to [.
It is acknowledged among Arsenal fans and neutrals alike that the club need to buy a defensive midfielder this summer because of Abou Diaby's injury problems and the fact there is no cover for him since Alex Song left last summer. There have already been a few names thrown around for who should be bought but I believe that the club should be looking to West Ham's Mohamed Diame.
So, coming off a disappointing but not detrimental 0-0 draw with Everton, there are both positives and negatives to take. The first positive to take is the fantastic performances from Aaron Ramsey that we've seen both today and on Saturday.
During my life as an Arsenal and football fan i have witnessed many remarkable moments of Arsenals history including the invincible era. But ironically my first real game i watched on TV was our last major trophy. In this game (fa cup final of 2005)i saw a winning team, but where did it all go wrong?
Alex Song left for Barcelona and a hole was left in Arsenal's midfield. This season, Mikel Arteta has been forced to sit deeper back on the pitch, testing his defensive capabilities when Arsenal are searching for possession. As some of you may have seen in a recent interview with Arteta and Santi Cazorla, the smaller, ever-smiling Spaniard notes that Mikel is playing out of position and is still adjusting.
The Gunners midfielder Mikel Arteta was brilliant as an attacking midfielder last season, but now that Alex Song has been sold to Barcelona and Santi Cazorla has been brought in to help the attackers, Arteta has been ordered by Wenger to play more defensively this season.
Arsenal have definitely been more solid at the back this season, and Arteta understands the reasons for his change of style.
Arsenal were thought to be on the verge of signing a big, strong, tough tackling defensive midfielder in the summer, with Yann M'Vila and Etienne Capoue two of the favourites. The window opened and closed and Arsenal, despite having money to spend did not sign an enforcer.
Arsene Wenger had said that he would only buy a player who would improve the squad, so does that mean he thought there were no defensive midfielders good enough?
Both Arsenal and Chelsea are unbeaen and todays game between the two will give the victor a great advantage in confidence and points in the race for the Premiership title, and Arsene Wenger believes the midfield battle will be a big factor in deciding who gets the points.
Alex Song was nominally Arsenal's 'defensive midfielder' last season, but with his departure Wenger believes that he has no-one in the team that be given that title any more.
Sky Sports are reporting that Newcastle United are one of the clubs interested in signing Crystal Palace defensive midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi. Kagisho Dikgacoi Crystal Palace midfielder Dikgacoi was at Fulham for a couple of seasons from 2009, but he only played 16 times for the London club in those two seasons, and only once [.
There is some news today that Newcastle are interested in 23 year-old Vitesse defender Kelvin Leerdam, who can play at right back or anywhere across the back line, and also can play as a defensive midfielder. Kelvin Leerdam Vitesse defender/utility player Vitesse founded in 1892 same year as a very famous English club [.
There is news in the French newspaper L'Equipe and the Get French Football News website today, that Newcastle are interested in two more French players, and it's the first time that we know of that we've been linked with these players. Gueida Fofana - 22 year-old defensive midfielder They are Lyon's 22 year-old central midfielder [.
Alan Pardew will start with an unchanged Newcastle side today at White Hart Lane in the tough game against Tottenham Hotspur today in the Premier League. As expected Jame Perch retains his place as the defensive midfielder, in spite of Cheick Tiote returning form the African Cup of Nations last week.
talkSPORT is reporting today that talks are ongoing between Newcastle United and West Ham, about the possible transfer of 23 year-old England U21 International James Tomkins to the Magpies. James Tomkins capped 10 times for the England U21 side Certainly Newcastle were interested in the center-back come defensive midfielder last January, and we see [.
Some news breaking today is that Newcastle are interested in signing Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila this month, and the 22 year-old French International defensive midfielder certainly wants to leave the French league, and his first choice seems to be the Premier League. Yann M'Vila Newcastle interested?
Mohamed Diame joined West Ham last August as a free agent, after being at Wigan Athletic for three seasons, and there's some news today that Newcastle may be interested in signing the 6'1â€³ defensive midfielder, who has played 12 times for Senegal. Mohamed Diame West Ham defensive midfielder There's no doubt that West Ham's [.
Chelsea are the frontrunners to sign English-born Sporting Lisbon defender Eric Dier. He was a regular for Sporting last season, but his contract contains a Â£4.2m buyout clause that is proving too tempting for some of Europe's big clubs. The Blues are currently the favourites to complete a deal for Dier.
Spurs have completed the signing of defensive midfielder Etienne Capoue from French side Toulouse. The 25-year-old has moved to White Hart Lane for a fee believed to be in the region of Â£9m. A fee was agreed between the two clubs last week, but the deal has only been finalised this morning. The France international [.
Traditionally in soccer, certain numbers are associated with certain positions. The number 1 is always going to be a goalkeeper's number. When we say "number 9" we're talking about a striker. A "number 10" is a central attacking midfielder, a trequartista, and a subject we talked about just a few days ago in this very countdown.
Coming in during the summer of 2011 along with Mike Chabala, Lovel Palmer was intended to add extra muscle to he right back position, a consistent sore spot for the Portland Timbers. Unfortunately for Palmer, he was unable to mesh well with the squad or the position to help create a fully effective defensive backline.
Manchester United are closing in on Portuguese youngster William Carvalho, according to reports in today's papers that claim the Sporting Lisbon's defensive midfielder could soon be on his way to Old Trafford, after the Portuguese giants have identified his replacement in Estoril's midfielder Goncalo.
With Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic undergoing a medical at Chelsea, we look at what he will add to the Blues. Jose Mourinho has decided to bring Nemanja Matic back to Chelsea for a second spell at the Stamford Bridge. Spending Â£22m on a defensive midfielder is a big price to pay but, as always, the [.
Reports from TalkSPORT claim that Napoli are set to make a move for Liverpool defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva in January as manager Rafael Benitez is looking to increase the stability of his midfield for the long term.
The Spanish tactical was responsible for the arrival of Lucas at Liverpool back in 2007 when the took a gamble on the young Gremio starlet.
By 1970's Gooner Every successful Arsene Wenger team had an unsung hero playing as a defensive midfielder. Vieira, Petit, Edu and Gilberto Silva to name but a few. They provided the steel in the middle of the park, in front of the defence playing no nonsense football winning the ball and giving it to the creative players.
Last night saw David Luiz take up the role of defensive midfielder again, something that he has not been asked to do for quite a while. I thought he had a mixed game; we saw the best and the worst from him. Some very strong tackles were made, but then he was also outsmarted on more than one occasion.
While it may seem odd that a defensive midfielder could have this big of an impact, Fire fans know very well how valuable Pardo is to the team. Apart from his stout defensive work in shutting down opposing teams' attacks, he can also contribute offensively. Pavel is a threat on free kicks and corners, as well as setting up teammates with beautiful passes and service.
Ulloa is by trade a defensive midfielder and while he has been played at other spots, notably in the back, Clavijo remains convinced his best spot is at holding mid. However, that could all change if he performs well in other spots, something FCD plans to experiment with once preseason starts in January.